Russ Sanchez

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Russ has a love/hate relationship with talking about himself in the third person. He likes the way the ocean smells, but won’t go into it past his waist because sea life is the shadiest of all life. He’s lived in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Portland (OR), Portland (ME), rural Vermont, and Edinburgh – so he’s clocking up the miles (and the flatmates) to say the least. He spent a spring break in Tokyo years ago, too, which probably doesn’t count for anything, but he won’t shut the *&%$ up about it. He has perfect colour vision. He has relative pitch. And he likes semicolons no matter what Vonnegut says.

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The phrase 'holiday in Italy' comes pre-packed with a lot of mental imagery: towers of pizza and the tower of Pisa; well-dressed youths on mopeds and vineyards glazed in the Tuscan sun – sound familiar? But, in fact, Italy caters for more than just devotees of fashion, food and indulgent fun. It has a lot to offer Fido, too. And among its near infinity of warm, beautiful beaches, you'll find many pooch-friendly places where your furry BFF can dutifully destroy every sandcastle you painstakingly erect the very moment you look away.

The phrase 'holiday in Italy' comes pre-packed with a lot of mental imagery: towers of pizza and the tower of Pisa; well-dressed youths on mopeds and vineyards glazed in the Tuscan sun – sound familiar? But, in fact, Italy caters for more than just devotees of fashion, food and indulgent fun. It has a lot to offer Fido, too. And among its near infinity of warm, beautiful beaches, you'll find many pooch-friendly places where your furry BFF can dutifully destroy every sandcastle you painstakingly erect the very moment you look away.

I will be so bold as to say that it's been established, at this point, that France's beaches are among the crème de la crème of European holiday destinations. But France in fact caters for more than just the sun and sand set: from Provence's jaunty purple fields of spicy lavender, to the lush vineyards of the Loire valley, to the majesty of the Alps, France is a country of endless geographical variety. And as such, it offers a veritable cornucopia of walking trails, vistas, and points of interest both cultural and natural to the active vacationer.

Brie sandwiches, the Louvre, selfies in front of the Eiffel tower – there is always Paris. There's always Venice, with its smiling gondoliers and towering plates of spaghetti al nero di seppia (squid-ink pasta). There's Rome, with its parade of architectural wonders beloved the world over. And every one of these cities has earned its place in the grand canon of romantic holiday destinations quite fairly – that is not in question. But surely there are more than three places on earth suitable for a memorable couples' holiday?

There's something about the best French beaches that inevitably reminds me of the best French cuisine – varied, fresh and sensual; verging on without quite tipping into decadent. Exempli gratia: the long, soft, ice-creamy dunes of the Côte d'Argent, sprawling infinitely into the distance. Not surprisingly, this has made France an international holiday Mecca for – well, a very long time. Such a long time, in fact, that to suggest a beach holiday in France today seems almost old hat.

Turkey has long been a British holiday favourite, and it still grows more popular by the year. It boasts a blissful Mediterranean climate, breathtaking beaches and luscious landscapes unlike those anywhere else on earth. You can paraglide from enormous mountains in Olu Deniz, and snorkel, dive or water-ski in most resorts. You can even go skiing in Kartalkaya and Erciyes. And don't forget the food – it's almost reason enough to visit! Resort restaurants can be counted on to serve succulent Turkish kebabs, seafood, Mezes and slow-cooked lamb alongside British, Indian and Chinese cuisines. 

Ibiza holidays have become synonymous with certain legendary names: 'Amnesia', 'Space', 'Pacha', 'Privilege', 'DC10' and 'Eden', just to name a few. Between June and September, Ibiza apartments and villas from Ibiza Town to San Antonio are the haunt of seasoned clubbers, who return to the White Isle for legendary nights, which last at least until the sun rises. But Ibiza also offers crimson sunsets, powdery soft beaches, and more fantastic local restaurants than you can shake a stick at. A truly well-rounded Ibiza holiday experience includes all sides of this island playground. 

When the October half term holiday is upon us again, I'll know what you're thinking – but, sssh. Sssh. Listen: Spain all sunny and friendly, packed with tourists, chilling out next to Portugal, being all magnificent – it's still gonna be there in summer. It is. It's not going anywhere. Because it's land and it can't. I promise.

 

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